Police Chief: Bulletproof Vest Likely Saved Officer

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus says an officer shot multiple times yesterday while trying to make an arrest likely was saved by his protective vest. One round was embedded in the center of the vest, Magnus said. Police continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred early yesterday morning at 4750 S. Campbell Ave.

Officer Doug Wilfert and Officer Jorge Tequida were searching for a wanted suspect with a felony warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Dangerous Instrument. As they found the suspect and attempted to take him into custody, gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and officers. During the incident, the suspect and both officers were struck by gunfire. The suspect, 27-year-old Jose N. Barron Gomez, died at the scene.

Officer Wilfert received a gunshot wound to the leg. He is currently in good condition and has been released from the hospital. Officer Tequida received a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The round went through his arm and into his chest. He was immediately taken into surgery and is still in the hospital in critical but stable condition.